Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ashland Soldiers’ Lot
Carlisle At War (center panel)
After Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, the men of Carlisle responded to the national calls to put down the southern rebellion. Four companies of Pennsylvania infantry and five cavalry companies were organized here. Carlisle Army Barracks, just outside of town, included a Quartermaster and Ordnance Depot, and U.S. Cavalry training facility.
The Civil War reached Carlisle in June 1863. Confederate cavalry briefly occupied the town, taking from its citizenry supplies for both men and horses. Soon after, Confederate infantry arrived at the deserted U.S. Army barracks. Within a few days the rested and fed Confederates departed.
On July 1, Union forces set up artillery in Carlisle. When Confederate forces arrived and demanded their surrender, they declined. The Confederates burned Carlisle Barracks that night and departed. After the Battle of Gettysburg, 50 miles to the south, buildings at Dickenson College and many others in town served as temporary hospitals.
Civil War Dead (left panel)
An estimated 700,000 Union
On September 11, 1861, the War Department directed officers to keep "accurate and permanent records of deceased soldiers." Federal authority to create military burial grounds came in an Omnibus Act of July 17, 1862. Cemetery sites were chosen where troops were concentrated: camps, hospitals, battlefields, railroad hubs. By 1872, 74 national cemeteries and several soldiers' lots contained 305,492 remains. About 45 percent were unknown.
The U.S. government established soldiers' lots at private cemeteries in northern states. National cemeteries, in contrast, were built throughout the South where most Civil War action occurred. While the army reported dozens of lots containing Union dead in the 1870s, the National Cemetery Administration maintains only fifteen. The number of graves ranges from less than ten to nearly 400 in these lots.
Military Burials (right panel)
Ashland Cemetery was established in 1865 on 12 acres. The soldiers' lot was acquired by the federal government in March 1866. An 1870 army inspection reported thirty-eight graves in the rectangular 0.2-acre lot. In May 1871, burials from Carlisle
In the 1930s, the army tried to determine the number of unknown dead buried in the north end of the lot in order to erect a monument on the mass grave. Eventually, a standard government headstone, inscribed "500 Unknown U.S. Soldiers," was installed. Later research identified thirty-five of the dead. A granite monument with a bronze plaque inscribed with these names replaced the headstone in 1960.
Today, the soldiers' lot contains twenty-three individual graves. Civil War Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. Jacob Cart, 7th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry, is memorialized here. He captured a Confederate regimental flag at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862 (Section 22, Row D, Site 24).
Erected by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Cemeteries marker series.
Location. 40° 11.933′ N, 77° 10.703′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from York Road (Pennsylvania Route 74) south of Ashland Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 500 U.S. Soldiers of the Civil War are Here Interred (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Artillery in Carlisle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seven Gables Park (about 800 feet away); St. Patrick's Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Katharine's Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. William Irvine (approx. half a mile away); Gen. John Armstrong (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Also see . . .
1. Ashland Cemetery Soldiers' Lot. The soldiers buried here were stationed at Carlisle Barracks, one of the oldest military posts in the United States. Initially, the dead from Carlisle Barracks were interred in a post cemetery. In March 1866, the federal government purchased approximately 0.25 acres of land in Ashland Cemetery, and by 1871, the War Department transferred the remains from the post cemetery to the government plot in Ashland Cemetery. (Submitted on June 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Ashland Cemetery Soldiers' Lot. The soldiers’ (Submitted on June 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.